Intermodal Connectivity in the Western Balkans (INTERCON)

Intermodal Connectivity in the Western Balkans (INTERCON)

Funded by: World Bank

Client: World Bank

Implementing partners: Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. (UK), Transport Economics Ltd (BE)

Overall project value: 164,501 US$

Countries: Western Balkans (Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

Implementing period: 06/2019 – 12/2019


Detailed description of project

The Project Development Objective is to better understand the potentialities for intermodal transport in the Western Balkans countries (Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro) towards more efficient, predictable, and cleaner freight movements. It feeds the overarching objective to foster the long-term sustainable development of the logistics sector, with a reduction of costs for long hauls across the region, the improvements of asset utilization through intermodal transport, and the increase of resilisence in trade strategies along the main corridors. The indicative extended TEN-T comprehensive network has been used as a basis especially for future freight demand projections.

The Project activities has been organized as follows:

Task 1: Conduct of gap assessment for enhanced Intramodality

Task 2: Conduct of current and future Demand and Supply Analysis of intermodal freight transport

Task 3: Identification of main bottlenecks and opportunities, including key markets, for increased rail and inland waterways use for intermodal freight transport

Task 4: Economic and financial analysis of existing and potential Intermodal Freight Terminals

Task 5: Assessment of the benefits of increased levels of intramodality for freight transport in the Region


Type of services provided

  • Review of the intermodal practices and approaches identified in literature review and contribution to project framework
  • Identification and communication with key stakeholders
  • Data collection (input into development of questionnaires, conduct of interviews with local experts).
  • Identification and description of definition of intermodal business models and projections, including key freight routes
  • Support assessment of IFT viability (locations, assets, investment requirements)
  • Input into Final Report